47 days in Japan, Norway & Iceland Itinerary

47 days in Japan, Norway & Iceland Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive
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Fludir, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive to Keflavik International Airport, Fly to Tromsø Airport
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Tromso, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Longyearbyen, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train to Kanazawa, Drive to Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawa-mura, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 1 night
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Oslo, Norway

— 4 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Astrup Fearnley Museet and Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum). Visit Ostbanehallen and Norsk Folkemuseum for their historical value. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, examine the collection at Fram Museum, take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Munch Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oslo trip maker site.

Perth, Australia to Oslo is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Perth in February, expect Oslo to be colder, temps between 6°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 6 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Dogsledding Iceland and Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hallgrimskirkja and Thingvellir National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Viking World (in Keflavik). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, look for gifts at Handknitting Association of Iceland, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik route maker website.

Fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6 hours. Traveling from Oslo to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oslo in February, Reykjavik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Vik, Iceland

— 1 night
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 13th (Mon), examine the collection at Skogar Museum, explore the striking landscape at Sólheimajökulll, explore the striking landscape at Mýrdalsjökull, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskyrka Church, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Icelandic Lava Show.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vik trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 1°C in Vik. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fludir.

Things to do in Vik

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fludir, Iceland

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Geysir, then take in the natural beauty of Strokkur, then admire the sheer force of Gullfoss Falls, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fludir trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vik to Fludir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vik in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of -1°C in Fludir. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tromso.

Things to do in Fludir

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Tromso, Norway

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Telegrafbukta Beach will get you outdoors. Head to Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Blastfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Perspektivet Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tromso Domkirke, see the interesting displays at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, and explore the activities along Prestvannet Lake.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tromso online travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fludir to Tromso. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fludir in February, with highs in Tromso at 0°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Longyearbyen.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Longyearbyen, Norway

— 3 nights
A coal-mining town, Longyearbyen draws visitors interested in viewing the northern lights.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hit the slopes at Snowmobile Safari Svalbard, then examine the collection at Svalbard Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Magdalenefjord Svalbard. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Svalbard Kirke, then see the interesting displays at North Pole Expedition Museum, and then look for gifts at Ingenior G. Paulsen.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Longyearbyen vacation builder app.

Fly from Tromso to Longyearbyen in 4 hours. Traveling from Tromso in February, things will get slightly colder in Longyearbyen: highs are around -6°C and lows about -12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Longyearbyen

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kutchan-cho, Japan

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Village Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Kagaminuma, get a new perspective on nature at Kutchan Natural History Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Longyearbyen to Kutchan-cho. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Longyearbyen in February, expect Kutchan-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Head to Ginza and Ginza Itoya Hontrenfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park and Mejiro no Mori. Change things up with a short trip to Kawasaki Daishi in Kawasaki (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit warmer, around 2°C, while days are much hotter, around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura, Japan

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, admire the masterpieces at Binen Yumeromu Museum, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, then steep yourself in history at Nagase house, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura by combination of train and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Shirakawa-mura hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ise, Japan

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, stop by Hakutaka Miyake Shoten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ise online trip planner.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in March since evenings lows in Ise dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamigamo Shrine and Toji. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Ishiyamadera Temple in Otsu--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden, and contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip tool.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Senjokaku and Former Naval Academy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like JMSDF Kure Museum and Daishoin Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Kiyomori Shrine, &more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.